Run It Up Expands: Two Months, Three New Streamers

PokerStars' new streaming arm adds a bunch more talent to the team.

Jason Somerville’s Run It Up roster of streamers keeps expanding as his team has signed up three prominent Twitch poker streamers within a span of two months.

First to join the team was Arlie Shaban – a poker streamer from Canada and a former Big Brother Canada contestant. Arlie known for his enthusiastic and passionate energy in his Twitch streaming came into the limelight when he completed an unbelievable challenge of streaming poker for 1000 hours over 125 consecutive days.

He became the first non-PokerStars Team PRO to become the ambassador for RIU. Read more about his recent “12 Labours of Arlie.”.

Next to join the team was Matthew Staples who learned poker from his elder brother Jaime Staples, a long time poker streamer and a Team PokerStars Pro.

Matt started his poker career by streaming micro-stakes tournaments on Twitch and since then he has been streaming regularly to build his own Twitch community. He now has over 43,000 followers with over 2.2 million views.

The brothers won a crazy prop bet with Bill Perkins in March this year and walked away with $150,000. The challenge was to weigh within 1 lb of each other. It was never easy for them as Jaime weighed 305 lbs and Matt weighed 134 lbs before accepting the bet.

The latest to join the roster is Ricky Guan who plays under the screen name “ratedGTO.” The 24-year-old streamer is based in New Jersey and streams his online play on most of the Garden City-based online sites.

Ricky has racked up over $250,000 in live earnings with the biggest winnings coming last year when he finished sixth at the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship event for over $73,000.

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